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Colorado Leftover and Over-the-Counter (OTC) Licenses Coming Up in August

By Dave Shaffer

So, the primary draw is complete, and you didn’t draw the tag you were hoping for. And the secondary draw results were announced a week ago and you didn’t draw anything you really wanted there either.  Now what … take up golf?  

NO, there are still Leftover and Over-the-Counter (OTC) licenses you can get!!

Leftover limited licenses are licenses that weren’t issued in the primary draw. They become the licenses eligible for the secondary draw, and any remaining licenses after the secondary draw become available as over-the-counter leftover limited licenses.

Over-the-counter (OTC) licenses are licenses that are available without having to go through the draw(s). They do not require buying/having a qualifying license, do not use preference points and may be purchased any time before and during a season.

These Leftover / OTC licenses go on sale, beginning August 1st at 9 a.m. MT. They will be available in person from sales agents (, by phone at 1-800-244-5613 or online at CPW will post a list of available licenses on-line a few days before 1 Aug.

There’s also a process for reissuing returned limited licenses. Instead of hunts being randomly released as in the past, a reissue preview list will be posted online.

Beginning August 8th, this list will be published on the website every Tuesday at 11 a.m.

You’ll be able to find the Reissue Preview List here:  go to “Reissue Preview List”.

Hunt codes on the reissue preview list will be moved to the leftover list and become available for purchase each Wednesday at 11 a.m.

All hunt codes will be released 11 a.m.–1 p.m. MT on Wed. of every week. No new hunt codes will be added to the list after 1 p.m. MT each Wed. The Reissue Preview List will be cleared after sales begin on Wed. and will repopulate the following Tues. Remaining licenses left unsold will move to the leftover license list. Go online for more details:


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